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Kenny G

Kenneth Gorelick began his career as a musician when he acquired his first ever professional job as saxophone soloist for Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976 at the age of 20, when White was impressed by his mastery of the blues scale. Kenny was also studying for a major in accounting at the same time. After he graduated from the University of Washington he played with the funk band Cold, Bold & Together before becoming a credited member of The Jeff Lorber Fusion. He began his solo career after his period with Lorber. In 1982, Kenny G signed with Arista Records as a solo artist, after label president Clive Davis heard his rendition of ABBA's "Dancing Queen"

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Manager: Vernon Hammond of The Management Ark

Read "The Manager:  Vernon Hammond of The Management Ark" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

In this edition of Chats with Cats my subject is an Artist Manager. I wasn't completely sure exactly what duties a manager is responsible for or how an independent artist could best fill that role. I sought out Vernon Hammond to answer these questions because I've known Vernon for several years and have found him most ...

Playin' It Straight

Label: Poisson d’Avril
Released: 2019
Track listing: Petite Fleur; Rifftide; Jeep’s Blues; Did You Call Her Today?; Wickets; Stan’s Blues; Naima; St. Thomas; Annubis; Miyako.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mulo Francel & Chris Gall: Mythos

Read "Mythos" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Even though Mythos exhibits little variation of intent or tone, and perhaps leans towards the blurry borders of new age, this saxophone-piano duet by Mulo Francel and Chris Gall, two European players catching a lot of continental attention—Francel with the globe-trotting, multiple award winning world music/jazz/acoustic German ensemble Quadro Nuevo, and Gall, who not only frequently ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio

Read "The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There was the Jazz Age, and later, the Golden Age of Radio. There was no golden age of jazz radio unless one considers the brief, ten-year reign of devolution when swing music dominated the airwaves. Think about this: New York City has not had a twenty-four-hour commercial jazz radio station in over ten years; decades longer ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

A to JazZ Talks 2019: The Road To International Stage

Read "A to JazZ Talks 2019: The Road To International Stage" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A to JazZ Talks: The Road To International Stage Literature Club Peroto National Palace of Culture Sofia, Bulgaria July 5, 2019 For the majority of young musicians, the very notion of pursuing a career in music can be daunting, to say the least. Admittedly, it is perhaps easier than ever ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny G: Playin' It Straight

Read "Playin' It Straight" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Kenny G has been categorized as a jazz musician by record companies simply because he plays saxophone. The reality is that his style is actually banal pop consisting of repetitious melodies with short passages of bland improvisation and, occasionally, long-held notes to show off his grasp of circular breathing—a technique Clark Terry and Rahsaan Roland Kirk ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper

Read "Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole wants to reach out to you, whether you are the mayor of a highly popular tourist city or just a guy dropping over for a couple of beers. “I play for people," says Cole. “People are all the same. If they understand or want to understand jazz, I welcome ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Lew Tabackin: A Life in Jazz

Read "Lew Tabackin: A Life in Jazz" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin is known as a forceful and dynamic soloist, both in small group and big band settings. His views of the jazz music scene, both past and present, are equally compelling. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend several hours with Mr. Tabackin for this interview. Rather than insert ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends At The Empress Theatre

Read "Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends At The Empress Theatre" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends Empress Theatre Voices From The Heart: The Marc VW Benefit Vallejo, CA March 29, 2017 Peter Michael Escovedo (Kenny G) organized a stellar line up of Bay Area musicians and much more for Voices From The Heart: The Marc VW Benefit ...


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